SAN DIEGO -- Word of Tuesday's death of legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell, the longtime voice of the Tigers, resonated with the Colorado Rockies. His voice is forever a part of club history.
In 2007, the Rockies won 14 of their final 15 regular-season games and 21-of-22 overall before losing to the Red Sox in the World Series. FSN Rocky Mountain and the club wanted to commemorate the run with a special show. The result, "21 Days," a must-have DVD for Rockies fans, was narrated by Harwell.
Then-Rockies manager Clint Hurdle had spent part of his youth in the Detroit area and was quite familiar with Harwell. But how would FSN and the Rockies convince a broadcasting legend to lend his voice to the much-younger franchise's story?
Turns out all the Rockies had to do was ask.
"We were visibly excited that this great story that we got to tell, with all the marvelous pictures that we had and great sound bites from the players and people involved and people who covered it -- we now had this legendary voice narrating it," said Rockies television play-by-play voice Drew Goodman. "That, to me, put it over the top. It just told you what kind of person he was, also. Obviously, he's a Detroit guy, not a Colorado guy, and he agreed to do it without equivocation."